Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Urban Cougars Poised for the Attack

Do you know what an "Urban Cougar" is? I didn't until I read an article today from the South Florida Sun-Sentinal. The article is entitled "How Older Women Snag Younger Guys." If you haven't guessed it by now, an Urban Cougar is a very confident older woman who only dates younger guys.

And, it seems they are taking the web by storm as well. Here is an excerpt from the article:

"In a Yahoo! Personals survey released in September, 56 percent of women and 51 percent of men said they would date someone 10 years younger than them. (To be a true cougar couple, there has to be an age difference of at least seven years, Gibson told RedEye.) The survey found that slightly more men -- 52 percent -- were willing to date a woman up to 10 years older than them."

Continued later in the article:

"Barbie Adler of Chicago-based matchmaking company Selective Search agrees. Although most of her clients are men, she said "there is a swing in older women seeking younger counterparts."
"I think older women like that younger men treat them well, are sweeter," Adler said. "Men are definitely captivated by their life experience as well." Conversely, many of Adler's older male clients--"grey panthers" as some call themselves--opt for younger women because they are looking for child-bearers, want trophies or "find it refreshing that younger women have a sunnier outlook on life," she said."

Well guys, if you want to meet someone who is successful, thinks for herself, and isn't afraid "to tell it like it is," then maybe an Urban Cougar is for you.

You can find a lot of Urban Cougars lurking about on dating sites such as Yahoo! Personals and Friendfinder.com. Just type in a search for single women between the ages of 40 - 60 and see how many of them are looking for a younger man. You'll be surprised at the number...

Good luck and happy dating to you all!

Monday, February 27, 2006

Online Dating Not Just For Humans

Here is an interesting story I found on Google today. Apparently, finding a soulmate online has migrated all the way over to our zoo's. A red panda in the Kansas City Zoo was not getting along with it's female companion, so the zoo ran and ad looking for a suitable mate for him.

Low and behold, they found one, and the two are now awaiting the pitter-patter of little panda feet. Well, if it can work for humans, it can work for animals as well.

You can read the full story on 6abc.com.

Sunday, February 26, 2006

How to Sizzle & Dazzle Women With Powerful Posture & Presentation

Hey guys, did you know that your posture and certain hand and eye movements can really giveaway whether you are a confident and self-assured man, or a nervous and lonely poor chap? That is why it is so important to watch your mannerisms and posture when you are in the presence of a woman. I found an article today that will give you some insights on how to do this. The article is called, "How to Dazzle Women with Powerful Posture and Presentation," and it's written by Joshua Goh.

The article certainly isn't the end-all when it comes to advice, but it does give a good starting point. Here are some of the highlights from the article:

  1. Smile - Learn to smile more often. Not a cheesy, I'm creepy type of smile, but an honest smile that says I'm content and truly happy with who I am.
  2. Pause when you speak - Don't talk so fast that you have to catch your breath all the time. Speak slowly but confidently and pause to place emphasis on important points.
  3. Learn to walk confidently, not clumsily. Enough said on that point.
  4. Take control of your hands - Figure out how you are most comfortable with your hands. The calmer...the better.
  5. Stand up tall and straight - Nothing spells loser more than a hung head and slouched shoulders.
These are some of the main points Joshua makes. To read the complete article, go to Personalads.cc.

Good luck and happy dating to you all!

Saturday, February 25, 2006

Online Dating Puts Romance Just a Click Away

According to an article published today on ChinaView.cn, over 10 million people in China used online dating servies last year. That is a whopping number. Online dating has certainly arrived as a viable way to meet new singles. Here are a couple more excerpts from the article:

"With the number of Internet users growing by leaps and bounds, singles who want to connect with one another are expected to grow from 6.5 million in 2004 to 29 million in 2008, said Hou Tao, an executive of the Shanghai-based research firm."

"The iResearch report puts the online dating market at 37 million yuan (US$4.5 million) for 2004 and 91 million yuan (US$11.2 million) for 2005, and predicts it will grow to 653 million yuan (US$81 million) by 2008."

"For comparison, the US market was US$520 million for 2005, and the European market was US$110 million, both expanding at double-digit rates, the iResearch report said."

If you'd like to read the entire article, go to ChinaView.cn.

Good luck and happy dating to you all!

Friday, February 24, 2006

Want to Get Married? Join eHarmony.com!

Why do you join an online dating site? To find casual dates or to find someone you might want to marry? If your answer is to get married, then you need to join eHarmony.com. According to an article in the Rapid City Journal, more than 90 eHarmony members tie the knot on an average day. That's an amazing number of marriages for an online dating site!

Here is an excerpt from the article:

"Newlyweds Steven and Cheryl Smart look a lot like a commercial for eHarmony.com.

In fact, the Rapid City couple could be one.

The Smarts are among the estimated 8 million people who have filled out the online dating site’s exhaustive 436-question personality profile in the past five years. More importantly, they are among the more than 90 eHarmony clients who now tie the knot on an average day.

According to new polling data from Harris Interactive, there were an estimated 16,630 marriages between eHarmony couples from September 2004 through August 2005.

Those numbers are proof that eHarmony’s patented Compatibility Matching System works, says founder Neil Clark Warren, a clinical psychologist and relationship expert who launched the site in 2000.

It worked for the Smarts. Their compatibility — discovered online and later proved in person — is evident as they talk about their online romance. They intertwine fingers, touch tenderly and smile constantly.

They met on eHarmony’s Web site in July 2004, nine days after Cheryl, the single mother of a 12-year-old son, registered with the matchmaking service. She had rarely dated in the eight years after her divorce, content at age 42 to raise her son, run her Rapid City hair salon and be single.

"My sister made me do it," Cheryl explained of her first foray into online dating. "It was completely out of my comfort zone. Internet dating? It seemed so creepy, so sleazy."

That negative image of Internet matchmaking is rapidly being replaced by the idea that online introductions are simply another way to meet people. Increasingly, Americans of all ages are turning to online dating services such as Match.com, Yahoo! Personals and SeniorsCircle.com.

Two out of every five single people have tried Internet dating services, and its revenues are expected to grow to more than $640 million by 2008, according to Jupiter Internet research. Of the leading dating sites, eHarmony is the most expensive, starting at $49.95 a month. Match begins at $29.99, Yahoo at $19.95. Spark Network’s largest site, American Singles, starts at $34.95."

To continue reading this article, go to Rapidcityjournal.com.

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Singles Succeed Online

From eMarketer.com -- "According to AOL's second annual "Love@AOL" survey, a national poll of more than 4,000 unmarried men and women conducted by Opinion Research, online dating works — 76% of the singles who used online dating sites reported finding romance, and nearly 60% said they formed long-term relationships."

The article also has an interesting survey of the top 10 U.S. Dating cities. If you are single, it looks like Atlanta is the place to be...

The top 10 are:

  1. Atlanta
  2. Los Angeles
  3. Houston
  4. Detroit
  5. Dallas/Ft. Worth
  6. Orlando
  7. Philadelphia
  8. San Francisco
  9. Denver
  10. Boston
To read the complete article, go to eMarketer.com.

Good luck and happy dating to you all!

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Pickiness Dominates Quest for Perfect Mate

Whether online or in the real world, people are very picky when it comes to their perfect mate. An article from the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette explores this issue in more depth. Here are a couple of excerpts from the article:

"Falling in love has never had a reputation for making much sense. Dante glimpsed Beatrice a few times and wouldn’t shut up about her for decades.

Why should not falling in love be any more rational?

It comes down to the deterrent power of a Phil Collins CD in a woman’s car. Or a guy who habitually sticks his tongue out while eating, like a lapping dog. His girlfriend returns him to his cage, permanently.

Centuries from now, scientists may point to this as the moment in time when the pickiness gene became dominant. In the end, it will come down to one really old, lonely guy and his list.

"She must have blue eyes. She should like animals, but not in a weird way. No thin lips. No lawyers," he’ll be writing, just before he keels over and the human race comes to an end."

To read the complete article, go to Fortwayne.com.

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Got BBW? BBW Clothing and Accessories

Got BBW? Do you love Big Beautiful Women? Are you a BBW (Big Beautiful Woman)? If you answered yes to either of these questions, you'll want to check out the BBWSinglesFinder.com Online Store.

You can purchase shirts like the one on the left as well as other shirts with various phrases such as "I am a Big Beautiful Woman," "I love BBW" and more. Show the world how proud you are to be a BBW Woman. Click here to visit the store today!

Monday, February 20, 2006

AmericanSingles.com Taking Online Dating by Storm

So, what's making news today? Here is an interesting press release regarding AmericanSingles.com. With the online dating community at a crossroads, it's nice to see sites are still refining their approach to meet the ever-changing demands of the dating public.

Here is an excerpt from the release:

"AmericanSingles.com, a leading online community for singles, announced a newly re-designed website that encourages greater member communication and maintains AmericanSingles’ position as a leader in customer satisfaction.

Recent competitive intelligence from Keynote Systems ( Nasdaq: KEYN ), The Internet Performance Authority®, found AmericanSingles among the top two personals websites receiving the highest satisfaction rankings from online customers. The rankings are based on research with 1,150 customers for the Keynote Customer Experience Rankings for Online Dating Web Site Customers.

"Even before re-launching the site, AmericanSingles was a leader in customer satisfaction," stated David Siminoff, President and CEO of Spark Networks plc™, the owner and operator of AmericanSingles. "AmericanSingles’ new look, easier navigation and enhanced features reinforce our continued commitment to providing the best customer experience in the industry."

New site features include:

* New design and improved navigation and functionality - The clean and contemporary looking site includes a streamlined registration process and one-click login. A new time-saving ‘Gallery View" option allows members to browse large numbers of photos and profiles at one time.

* Video IM and Chat Rooms - With a webcam, AmericanSingles members can add live video to their IM and chat room conversations and get a sneak peek at potential dates and new friends before they meet.

* New Hot List Menus - Already one of our most popular features, now it’s even easier for AmericanSingles members to get and stay organized. With the new Hot List menus, it’s simple for members to keep track of the members they’re interested in and those who’ve shown an interest in them."

To read the complete release, go to TheOpenPress.com.

If you'd like to join AmericanSingles.com, click here to sign up for the free trial membership today.

Good luck and happy dating to you!

Sunday, February 19, 2006

Worst Blind Dates Ever

Blind Dates... We've all been on them, and more times than not, they turn out horrible. Let me give you one of my worst blind dates ever.

I had just moved to Atlanta, and I was setup with a friend of a friend. When I went to pick her up, everything seemed okay. She was average looking and polite. I had made reservations at a place called the Old Vinings Inn, which is a historic restaurant in the Vinings community of Atlanta. It's a quaint little restaurant that is in an old farm house. When we got there, we were seated at possibly the worst table imaginable. It was located directly in front of the front door to the restaurant, so anytime anyone walked in, they were practically on top of us.

Secondly, she sat down on the side of the table facing the door. I then sat down at the opposite chair, which faced her and the wall. As the dinner progressed, I tried every type of small talk there is, but to no avail. She didn't say anything. She just sat there. At one point, the tension was so tight that when the waitor came over to offer more water, she looked at me with the look of a mother feeling sorry for her child. I was sweating, claustrophobic and just wanted to get the heck out of there.

When the food came, I was so tight, I couldn't eat hardly anything. She just picked at her food, and still didn't offer any words. Nothing. I don't care if you hate my guts, at least say something. But no, she didn't say anything.

Finally and mercifully, when the meal was over, we got into my car, and I was sure she would want to go home. To my utter amazement, she suggested we go rent a movie and watch it at my apartment. I'm thinking.... Is she crazy? We just spent almost two hours of the worst time of my life and now she wants to prolong it with a movie.

Reluctantly, I agree and we rent a sappy movie she picked out and proceed to watch the movie at my apartment. Get this. She sat on the couch beside me cuddled up against my shoulder, but still not really saying anything. Weird, weird, weird.

After the movie, she was ready to go home. I took her home and there was no hint of a good time or anything. I was so glad to be over the date. Then, get this...

She tells my friend that she had a great time and would like to go out again. I couldn't believe it. Needless to say, I told my friend no thanks and politely said to him that I don't think it's going to work. I know this may not sound that bad, but it really was one of the worst dates imaginable. For almost four hours, I tried to be nice and polite, and received absolutely no response whatsoever. Then, she thinks it was a great date. Word of advice to all blind daters. Communication is a two-way street. Say something. Say, "I'm having a good time." Or, say, "I'm having a terrible time." Either way, at least the other has an idea of what's going on in your head...

Have you had a terrible blind date? If so, share your story. I'd love to hear it.

Until later, good luck and happy dating to you all!

Dr. Phil Helps Paula Abdul With Her Love Life

Did you see the Dr. Phil special where he helped Paula Abdul with her love life? I missed the episode. If you saw it, I would be interested in hearing what you thought about the show. Did he offer up any new advice for Paula that we should know about? Let us know your thoughts.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch has a brief critique of the show. They said, "That's how I happened upon TV's most romantic show of the week, even more romantic than those dramatic pairs skaters who look oh-so-in-love, whether with their partner or themselves: "Dr. Phil Primetime Special: Love Smart" featuring a tearful Paula Abdul.

Yes, that Paula Abdul, the same Paula Abdul who just one hour earlier was dispensing advice and sympathy to contestants on "American Idol." (Just to make sure you're keeping up with this, "AI" is a Fox show. "Love Smart" was on CBS, which must have been wishing and hoping to get some "AI" spillover.)

It seems our Paula, never at a loss when it comes to keeping Simon in line or endorsing a certain soft drink in a red can, is unlucky in love. She's also unlucky when it comes to bad publicity. But that didn't interest Dr. Phil.

Dr. Phil (and by the way, aren't we kind of over the whole folksy wisdom thing?) gave her plenty of advice. Even better, he helped fix her up with two blind dates, neither of whom has ever been a contestant on "American Idol."

Because this is television and a sweeps month, Paula was sent on those dates simultaneously, dashing from a drink with country singer Keith Anderson to her bowling date with a nice guy named Hal from North Carolina.

She flirted, she ran, she panted (from exhaustion, not lust) while Dr. Phil used highly clinical terms such as "smitten kitten."

Give this woman a pair of skis and I wouldn't have to watch anything else."

They didn't share much about the advice he shared, but it sounds like it might have been entertaining to watch. We'll see if any of our readers have anything to say about it. Stay tuned....

Good luck and happy dating to you all!

Saturday, February 18, 2006

Divorced Asians, Online Dating Scams, and Senior Dating Sites

Here is a look at some of the stories making headlines in the dating world.

  • Asians Welcome First Divorcee Dating Site -- Launched on Valentines Day, www.asiandivorcee.com claims to be the world's first online dating service dedicated to helping Asian divorcees find love again. For more, go to Ifordrecorder.co.uk.

    -- While this is an interesting niche site, our favorite site for Asian Singles or divorcees is still AsiaFriendfinder.com.
  • The Joys and Pitfalls of Online Dating -- When Kimberly and Sean tried online dating about 3 years ago, they never imagined they'd find their true love. Instead the couple says they were each just looking for a good friend. But within a year the Tampa couple was engaged to be married. For more, go to Tampabays10.com.
  • Online Dating Service Offers Singles 45 to 99 Secure Meeting Site for Mature Adults and Seniors -- EmptyNestersUSA.com is aimed at matching and introducing the growing number of single people ages 45 to 99 all over the United States. Busy professionals and active retirees now have a secure site that they feel comfortable with in order to meet and communicate with their peers. For more, go to Chron.com.

    -- In addition to EmptyNestersUSA.com, you might want to try SeniorFriendfinder.com and BabyBoomerDates.com -- two excellent senior dating choices.
For more online dating news, check back tomorrow. Good luck and happy dating to you all!

How Would You Score in the Dating Olympics?

Since the Winter Olympics are about one-half the way through their two week run, I found this article regarding a Dating Olympics quite interesting. The quiz asks questions ranging from speed dating and blind dating to where you like to meet for a first date. Give the quiz a try and see where you would rate in the Dating Olympics. Visit this page on Alternative-Dating-Sites.com to take the quiz today.

Good luck and happy dating to you all!

Friday, February 17, 2006

Love Stories for the New Millennium

Here is an interesting article from HappyNews.com. If you aren't familiar with HappyNews.com, it's a site that lists only happy stories from around the world. One of the stories is titled "Love Stories for the New Millennium."

It is written by a citizen journalist named Rhea Wallace. The article covers a lot of different areas. Here is what she has to say about Internet Dating:

Chatting online and dating through the internet are fast becoming acceptable ways to find love in the new Millennium, although, admittedly some are still wary of this new medium. However, I know several couples who have successfully braved this new frontier and are now happily married.

Crissy, like Shawnie, met her first husband at a nightclub. Both were married for about 5 years, but a difference in long-term goals ended both relationships. Frustrated and looking for love, Crissy decided to try the internet one Saturday night. She began by sending a message to a very attractive guy named Chris. Chris didn't reply right away, so Crissy thought he wasn't interested.

"It wasn't until that next Monday that he sent me an instant message (IM) and our cyber relationship began," said Crissy.

"I saw Crissy's profile and thought she was way out of my league. When I got an IM from her, I was kind of shocked," admitted Chris.

The two talked online for months, intimately revealing feelings and past experiences that would have been hard to talk about in person. When they finally met for the first time, Crissy said, "It didn't really feel like a first date. We clicked in person just as we had online and over the phone."

The two are now married with one child from Crissy's previous marriage and three little ones of their own. "That first date has lasted for 5 years now," pronounced the ever-romantic Chris.

What a great endorsement for online dating! Internet Dating is only one aspect of love she covers. To read the entire article, go to HappyNews.com.

Good luck and happy dating to you all!

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Silver Singles Can Still Meet Their Match

From TheStar.co.za -- "Forgive Charles Walsh if he's a little slow to join in the rounds of speed dating going on around him. Not only has the 55-year-old divorced father never tried speed dating - he hasn't been out at night except for work events in about a decade."

"Forget boring dinner parties. Older Americans looking for love have taken a cue from young urban singles and are flocking to speed-dating events and online personals sites. Match.com, a popular dating website, says registrations among people over 50 have soared 340% since 2000. The American Association of Retired Persons now has a dating advice column in its member magazine."

To complete reading this article, go to www.thestar.co.za.

Good luck and Happy Dating to you all!

Must Love Wing Tips

From Businessweek.com -- This article from BusinessWeek Online offers some surprising statistics regarding online dating. Some of the highlights of the article are:

  • More than a third of all online daters are over 45, and 19% make more than $100,000 a year, says Web tracking firm Hitwise. Industry pioneer Match.com reports that 7% of its 8 million U.S. members call themselves executives (while the government classifies 4% of the workforce as managers).
  • They're more likely to be divorced (36%), have dogs (30%), and enjoy wine tastings (20%) than other singles.
  • Executives are sexually adventurous. True.com, a fast-growing matchmaking site, offers a sexual compatibility quiz that puts people into one of eight categories, from "traditionalists" to "mavericks." Sixteen percent of executive members are mavericks, vs. 12% overall. "They're willing to do just about anything," says True.com founder Herb Vest, "within the normal parameters.
  • Match.com says male execs in L.A. typically seek women 13 years younger. About 25% of eHarmony.com's men over 55 are interested in women 40 or younger.To read the complete article, go to Businessweek.com.
Good luck and happy dating to you all!

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Online Dating Gets Tough

EMarketer.com has a great article about the future of online dating. If you think sites like Myspace.com and Friendster.com are going to make the traditional online dating site obsolete, this article might just change your thinking somewhat. Here are a couple of excerpts from the article:

"Online Dating sites enjoyed meteoric growth for many years. The industry has now matured and growth rates have settled down. Competition looms from within and without. Are dark days coming for online dating?"

"Do social networking sites spell the end of dating sites? Mr. Belcher doesn't believe so."

"Free online dating sites, be they social networking or other, are not after the same customers as subscription-based online dating sites," says Mr. Belcher. "Free sites are pursuing advertisers. Subscription-based online dating sites, on the other hand, are pursuing serious paying online daters.

This seems facile, as losing casual daters to free sites might eventually deprive subscription sites of the potential converts. The fact that serious online dating sites are not only surviving, but in some cases are charging higher fees, reveals that those who want such services will seek them out, and at a price."

To read the complete article, go to EMarketer.com.

Good luck and happy dating!

Monday, February 13, 2006

And They Call it Puppy Love

From USAToday.com -- Online Dating is starting to get a lot of press. I picked up a copy of the USA Today newspaper today, and the cover story on the front page of the Life section is titled "And They Call it Puppy Love."

The article chronicles the online dating saga of Jim Borck, who is a single man that loves dogs. He had never tried online dating until he saw a banner ad on Petfinder.com called AnimalAttraction.com. He decided to give the site a try, and before you know, he's in love.

Here is an excerpt from the article:

Borck, 33, a service manager at a car dealership, was surfing online a year ago, stopping to look at dogs available at Petfinder.com, when an ad for another website, Animalattraction.com, caught his eye.

"I just thought I'd throw myself on there and see what happens."

What happened was Amanda Shimko, three hours away in Dayton, Ohio.

Just over half (50.2%) of Americans under 35 who live alone and three-quarters of singles with roommates (71.6%) have pets, according to a 2001 survey by the American Veterinary Medical Association. And while some are happy being alone with their Fidos, many, like Borck, would like to share their dog's life with someone.

Though pets bring people together at animal-friendly happy hours, in the aisles of pet stores and at trendy dog yoga classes, online dating is the newest, and some say most effortless, way for pet lovers to connect.

"I had five dogs, so it was going to take a certain kind of woman to be attracted to me," Borck says.

Shimko, it turns out, was that kind of woman. The 28-year-old preschool teacher had seven dogs of her own.

To read the complete article, go to USAToday.com or pick up a copy of the Monday, February 13, 2006 edition.

Good luck and happy dating!

Sunday, February 12, 2006

First Date Success - It's All In The Preparation

Here is an article that every woman should read before preparing for a first date. The article is by Alison Edwards from SnappyDates.com, a UK based dating site. The full article can be read by visiting Personalads.cc. Here are the highlights from the article:

Dating can be stressful but first dates can be particularly painful and nerve wrecking. Follow my simple tips to getting ready for a date and before you know it you’ll be breezing through first dates with your only concern being what to wear on your second date.

  1. Don't Stress
  2. Easy on the Wedding Plans
  3. Listen to Music
  4. Soak in a Bath
  5. Subtle Makeup
  6. Hair to Go
  7. What to Wear
  8. Killer Heels or Comfy Flats?
  9. Fresh Breath
  10. Aroma, Aroma
  11. Keep the Conversation Flowing
  12. A Kiss Goodnight - No More!
  13. Watch Your Drink
  14. Tell a Friend
  15. Have Fun
For details on each tip, read the complete article on Personalads.cc.

Good luck and make the first date a great date!

Saturday, February 11, 2006

MilitaryFriends.com - Personals Site For Military Singles

According to MilitaryFriends.com, they are the best, largest and easiest military dating club in the world.

The site is billed as the best, largest and most successful dating site for military friends, singles and admirers on the internet.

It is designed exclusively for Military Friends and Singles from Army, Navy, Air Forces, Coast Guard, Police Forces and Firefighers, as well as their admirers.

The site has some really great services such as:

  • Anonymous Email
  • Instant Messenger Chat
  • Daily Military News
  • A full-page illustrative profile of yourself with pictures
  • A free Guest Trial Membership
It is a nice site to meet other military-minded singles to discuss the latest issues in the military, soldier life and much more. If you are a single man or woman in the military or if you want to meet them, you should probably give this site a try. It is worth the visit.

Enjoy and Happy Dating!

Friday, February 10, 2006

Mr. Big Is Behind Rise in Dating Sites

Be careful when you open up an email from what appears to be someone interested in you. An article on TheInquirer.net warns that organized crime may strike singles hard on Valentine's Day...

"Organized criminal units have in the past timed their attacks to coincide with popular celebration occasions in order to achieve maximum success in compromising the integrity of computer systems," said Gunter Ollman, Director of X-Force at Internet Security Systems. "It is anticipated that Valentine’s Day is a day that is similarly marked on the criminals’ calendar for targeted attacks." To read the complete article, go to TheInquirer.net.

Have fun out there, but be careful...

Good luck and happy dating to you all!

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Online Dating Service Turns Attention to Married Couples

From The Ithaca Journal -- eHarmony.com, Inc. is launching a new Internet service designed to help strengthen marriages. From the article, "We call it a marriage wellness service," said company founder and pitchman Neil Clark Warren, 71, whose ebullient manner and upbeat commercials have been parodied by Jay Leno and on "Saturday Night Live."

eHarmony Marriage is not a substitute for counseling, Warren said, but a customized program to deal with routine conflicts.

Couples willing to put their trust in computerized relationship analysis start by filling out online, 310-item questionnaires concerning communication, romance, sex and other topics. They then receive a computer-processed marriage profile that points out strengths and possible problem areas."
To read the complete article, go to TheIthacaJournal.com.

This is an interesting move by eharmony.com. With the tremendous brand recognition they have garnered of late from TV advertising, they have an opportunity to expand into the marriage market. If they succeed, they'll first help you find the love of your life and get married, and then they'll make sure your marriage doesn't end in divorce. They've got you for life then...

My personal opinion is eHarmony is the best online dating site for serious people who truly want to find someone to get married. It's not the easiest, cheapest or fastest dating site on the web, but it is very effective at matching people up.

Good luck and happy dating!

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

How the 50+ Generation Is Learning to Find Their Perfect Match

PerfectMatch.com Provides Single and Widowed Seniors a New, Dynamic Alternative to the Conventional Singles Scene This Valentine's Holiday

The fastest-growing population turning to the Internet to find love and companionship just might surprise you. If you first thought a 20-something generation, think again. For the 50+ demographic, turning to the Internet to find love and companionship is providing a new, dynamic alternative to the conventional singles scene.

"The 50+ market has really begun to take off," said Duane Dahl, Founder/Chief Executive Officer of PerfectMatch.com (PerfectMatch), the leading online relationship service for the emerging 50+ market. "As of June 2005, an estimated 33.2 million people between the ages of 50 and 64, were online just in the U.S. alone. It's not surprising to find divorced and widowed seniors are also turning to online relationship sites to find love and companionship."

To read the entire press release go to Personalads.cc. Another site you might enjoy that is catered specifically towards the senior market is BabyBoomerDates.com.

Good luck and happy dating!

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Happen Magazine - Because Love Doesn't Come With Instructions

Check out what's new this week from Match.com's Happen Magazine:

What Men Consider Romantic -- Men may not melt over flowers or candlelit dinners, but there are ways to sweep them off their feet. Here’s how...

Boost Your Sex Appeal -- Attention, women: 5 simple ways to unleash your inner charisma—and get lots more attention...

Your V-Day Survival Guide -- Yup, it’s that time of year again. Here, your hour-by-hour plan for getting through the couples’ holiday...

Online Dating Etiquette -- Is it wrong not to reply to an e-mail or to end a relationship via the Internet? Read on for the answers...

Read these and other stories at Happen Magazine today!

Monday, February 06, 2006

Love on the web

From BBC News -- "Comic Susan Murray loves the cheers and applause she receives at the end of her shows. She's a rising star on the UK comedy circuit. But when she leaves the stage, she's alone and, she admits, rather lonely.

Ms Murray, 36, is one of the millions in Britain who are single but don't want to be. Now she's decided to do something about it. She's signed up to a variety of dating agencies."

Ms. Murray is not alone. Online dating agencies in Britain are growing like wildfire. The article goes on to talk about different dating sites such as Dating Direct, which is Britain's largest online dating site. It's a very interesting article that I think you'll enjoy reading. To read the complete article, go to News.BBC.co.uk.

Sunday, February 05, 2006

Analysis Of A Successful Dating Profile

Are you having problems coming up with a catchy and successful
online dating site profile? If so, then you need to read this article from Personalads.cc. The article is written by Dave Thomas from Flirt-Coach.net and he gives you a step-by-step analysis of how to craft a successful online dating profile.

Here is an excerpt from the article, "This dating profile was tested on an online dating agency, and achieved a 40% response rate from the girls viewing the profile. A photograph was not included in the profile." To find out exactly what the profile said, go to Personalads.cc.

Good luck and Happy Dating!

Saturday, February 04, 2006

The Internet's New Social Order

From Newsfactor.com -- "Online communities -- Web sites specifically built to put people in touch with one another -- are booming in terms of participation and new services. Whether you are looking for social chatter, dating, gaming, or networking with other professionals, the Internet has the forum for it, and it has become both easy and fast to acquaint yourself with like-minded people."

"Although some online communities target small groups, many are large, digital meeting spaces where people can congregate, all under a general banner such as friendship or matchmaking."

"Dating online seems even easier than meeting friends, thanks to aggressive recruitment efforts by sites like eHarmony and Match.com. Both of these sites claim more than eight million users as well as credit for thousands of marriages." For the complete article, go to Newsfactor.com.

Friday, February 03, 2006

8 Great Valentine's Day Gestures

As Valentine's Day approaches, guys and girls are usually at a lost about what to get their sweetheart. MSN.com has a good article highlighting eight gestures you can do on Valentine's Day to make it a special day. The eight gestures are lumped into two categories. One for men and one for women. Here is a summary of the article. The first is for men and the second for women:

(Guys) Gifts That Make you look deep rather than cheap:
  1. Make her hunt for it: A scavenger hunt is always a hit! The hunt will overshadow the fact that each gift is small.
  2. Don't forget Flowers: If you don't think they're important, try not getting them for her...
  3. Stay In: Rather than going to a restaurant and being crammed in with other couples, why not fix a romantic dinner for two at your place. Guys, consult your mom for recipes. If the food is a hit, she'll be eating out of the palm of your hand.
  4. Mix it Up: Make a personalized CD with different music just for her.
(Gals) Gifts That Will Make Him Rave While You Save:
  1. Clip Coupons: Make a personalized coupon book just for your man
  2. Bake Off: The way to a man's heart is through his stomach.... Enough said...
  3. Go With the Video: Get him a DVD of his favorite Guy movie
  4. Play it Practical: Unlike girls, guys don't mind a practical gift like an electric toothbrush or something like that.
To read the complete article, go to MSN.com.

Good luck and happy dating to you all!

Thursday, February 02, 2006

What Makes a Great Dinner Date?

Check out this survey from Match.com:

What makes a dinner date rave-worthy: fantastic food, or the cutie sitting across from you? When we asked 2,000 Match.com members that question, the answer was nearly unanimous: 98% of people polled would prefer to have a dinner at a diner with someone who's their type over having an incredible meal with someone who's not their type.

Why, exactly, are greasy burgers fine and dandy as long as you're scarfing them down alongside someone you dig? Because materialism is on the wane, say experts—and feeling comfortable is key. "Flashy five-star dinner dates are so 1983," says Rhonda Britten, author of Fearless Loving and life coach on NBC's Starting Over. "These days, no guy wants to look like they're trying so hard, and no woman wants to look so high-maintenance or, for that matter, spend an hour-and-a-half getting ready. People don't want to perform in their personal lives—it's just too much work."

The more modern-day option? Save your cash, kick back, and spend your energies sussing out your date's soul mate potential. "Unfortunately, people today don't want to waste their time on someone if there isn't an immediate connection," says Britten. "In the past, people would go on a few dates before giving up. Today, if they're not feeling it from the outset, it's over." No matter how good that crème brulée is.

The complete article and others like it can be found here on Match.com.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Yahoo! Personals Starbucks Special Offer

For a limited time only, Yahoo! Personals is providing new subscribers with a special offer. If you subscribe by February 19th, Yahoo! Personals will give you a $10 Starbucks Card. What a great way to start your first date! Terms and conditions apply.

Here is an excerpt from Marketingvox.com about the partnership:

"Starbucks and Yahoo! Personals have agreed to cross-market each other's services until Valentine's Day, with Yahoo launching the "Espresso Dating Guide" co-branded site, writes MediaPost. Users can go to the site to get dating advice, find Starbucks locations, and receive a $10 Starbucks gift card for subscribing to Yahoo Personals - the most-visited U.S. dating site, according to comScore."

If you were thinking of joining, now is the time. Find your soulmate while sipping a free cup of joe...

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